Dr. Hassan Saradih, MD
When you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you must have a trusted primary care provider you can rely on for long-term management of your chronic illness. Hassan Saradih, MD, of Internal & Bariatric Medicine, serves patients with diabetes in and around Leawood, Kansas. For expert diabetes management, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Diabetes Q & A
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disease that affects how your body processes sugar (glucose), your body’s primary source of energy. In a healthy person, the body converts glucose consumed in food into usable energy and then transfers it to the cells, tissues, and organs of the body.
With diabetes, the pancreas doesn’t produce adequate amounts of insulin, which is the hormone responsible for transporting glucose into cells to be used for energy. When your body can’t adequately convert glucose into a usable form of energy, it builds up in the bloodstream.
High glucose levels (high blood sugar) is devastating to the cells and tissues of the body. Over time, diabetes can profoundly affect every body system and cause significant long-term complications.
What are Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?
Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are the two main types of diabetes. They differ in the amount of insulin naturally produced by your pancreas.
- Type 1 diabetes: insulin production is minimal or nonexistent
- Type 2 diabetes: insulin itself is ineffective for the body’s needs
Obesity increases the demand on your body, which causes insulin resistance and may lead to Type 2 diabetes. Healthy weight loss may improve how your body produces and uses insulin, effectively treating or curing Type 2 diabetes.
What are the complications of diabetes?
Over time, diabetes damages your cells, tissues, organs, and body systems. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels place you at high risk for severe health conditions, including:
- Heart and vascular disease
- Blood clots and stroke
- Weakened immune system
- Retinopathy, which may cause blindness
- Hearing impairment
- Neuropathy (nerve damage)
- Kidney disease
- Slow-healing wounds
As part of expert diabetes management, Dr. Saradih continually monitors you for diabetes-related complications.
How does my primary care doctor support my diabetes care?
Dr. Saradih and his team offer services that decrease your risk for long-term complications of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. These services include:
- Diabetic diet counseling
- Walk-in blood sugar checks
- Weight-loss support
- Routine diabetes laboratory testing
- Medication management
- Skin checks and diabetic wound care
If you have diabetes-related complications, Dr. Saradih coordinates your health care and refers you to specialists, such as nephrologists, neurologists, or cardiologists.
For expert diabetes care, call the office or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Saradih at Internal & Bariatric Medicine today.